I speak with candor and a slight Southern accent, and my art reflects those same tendencies, whether capturing a building or a bee. As a Mississippi native, I grew up surrounded by stories and music that often conveyed serious truths by way of circuitous routes. As someone who was raised in a political family and who later obtained an undergraduate degree in religion, I have always been fascinated by the power of myth and imagery to both illuminate and inspire, obfuscate and oppress. Creating a linocut, a.k.a. a linoleum block relief print, involves several steps. I begin by sketching a composition in reverse onto a block of linoleum. I then carve away the negative, or white space to create my signature textures and effects. Ink is rolled over the surface of what’s left with a brayer, and I hand-press the image onto fine paper of mulberry bark or cotton. Each and every one is unique. After a little Maker’s Mark gets in my system, I like to think of my work as the love children of Walter Anderson and Flannery O’Connery.